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TMCNet:  BRIEF: Homeless Men Caught Watching Porn at Laguna Beach Library, Patrons Say

[December 02, 2011]

BRIEF: Homeless Men Caught Watching Porn at Laguna Beach Library, Patrons Say

LAGUNA BEACH, Dec 01, 2011 (KTLA-TV - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- Laguna Beach Public Library patrons say there's a big problem with homeless people watching porn on library computers.

Police found eight homeless men gathered around a computer inside the library Saturday afternoon watching pornography.

One was arrested for allegedly fondling himself.

Joseph Clarence Cormier II, 46, was put under citizen's arrest by another library patron.

The reported to police that he noticed Cormier touching himself and saw porn on his screen.

Cormier was arrested for lewd conduct and possession of marijuana.

The library was packed with kids at the time, and some parents are outraged.


The library says the First Amendment prevents them from blocking porn sites, and from monitoring what people research.

But one parent, who is also an attorney, had a different view of the matter.

"They don't have porn magazines in the library," Jason Farhadian told KTLA.

"So if they can prohibit that, why can't they apply it to the websites?" The library says that computers set aside for children's use do have filters.

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